Columbia Talent Showcased at Berlinale

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photo by Páll Stefánsson
12-Feb-13

Columbia continues to triumph during this year's film festival circuit. With three films screening at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Columbia's legacy carries on in the artistic achievements of students, alumni and faculty.

Premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, has already garnered acclaim for strong performances, direction from David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express), and a celebrated script. The film is based on an original story by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson ('08 SOA). Prince Avalanche was produced by Craig Zobel (Adjunct) with executive producer Tobias Munthe ('08 SOA). Robin Pattinson (3rd year Directing) and Keola Racela (3rd year) lead the film's Art Department and Tom Sveen (3rd year) was the set intern. The feature left Sundance with a distribution deal with Magnolia Pictures. It screens in the Competition category at Berlinale this year.  

Annemarie Jacir's ('02 SOA) When I Saw You will play under the festival's Forum program. The film was submitted for consideration to the 2013 Academy Awards as the Palestinian entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

Frog Spider Hand Horse House, directed by Visual Arts faculty Shelly Silver, will also screen at this year's festival, in the Forum Expanded program.

The Berlin Film Festival is one the most esteemed international film festivals, opening up a major platform for international film trade. It features seven different film sections: Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale Shorts and Retrospective. This year's festival takes place February 7-17.

UPDATE: The 2013 Berlin Film Festival awards the Silver Bear for Best Director to Prince Avalanche and director David Gordon Green.

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